The Bible says, “For Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject not only for wrath but also for conscience sake…Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:3-7)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
We all know there are “righteous rulers” and “evil rulers” just as there are “evil people” and “good people.” Apostle Paul is telling us that we all are subject those in authority and to the laws of the land. In spite of a ruler being just or unjust, we must subject ourselves to authority as no body (including rulers) are above the law.
This next statement is more important than the previous statement – THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY HAS SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER ALL (especially over dishonest rulers/governments/kings and queens). Don’t you worry, dishonest people (i.e., sinners) will not escape God’s justice! Although, God’s punishment is delayed, it is inevitable! When you hear of terrible rulers contracting terrible sicknesses (i.e., untreatable cancer spreading throughout the body like lightning), it is Divine Justice. Who are these evil workers of iniquity? They are people in authority over others (kings, queens, presidents, senators, congressmen, governors, lawyers, policemen, sheriffs, principals, teachers, parents, grandparents, relatives, young adults, teens, children, fallen pastors, clergy, etc.). There is no body on Earth who can escape God’s justice! Don’t get me wrong because godly people get sick but God can heal! Also, “…many are the afflictions of the righteous but GOD delivers him out of them all…” Although we serve the Living God, Christians are not immune to trouble, sickness, death, temptation, or destruction!
Apostle Paul is telling us:
(1) “For Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil…”
According to the Bible, rulers are God’s ministers and their sole purpose is to do good, i.e., render justice regardless of race, color, religion, creed, or gender. Everybody has rights! Rulers and people in authority should not inflict terror on others…they should not spray chemical weapons on innocent civilians…they should not send soldiers to wipe out entire villages and countries…they should not blow up cities, hospitals, schools, colleges, universities, movie theaters, businesses, police stations, homes, little children, etc.
In fact, rulers need to ask themselves these questions – “Do I want some rebel or terrorist to blow up my home, kill my wife and children? Do I want somebody to take a rusty butcher knife to cut my throat? Do I want somebody to dig out my eyeballs and make me eat them?” The Word of God tells us, “Thou shalt not kill…steal…covet…commit adultery…worship other gods!”
(2) “But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid…”
According to the Bible, “…every soul that sinneth, it shall die!” Certainly, man is born to physically die, but in the second death (all souls and bodies will be re-united, resurrected, and stand before the Judgment Seat of God). If your name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, you will be cast into the everlasting Lake of Fire.
(a) I don’t care who or what you are – the Word of God is right yesterday, today, and forever. You may have 200 billion dollars and never wear the same socks twice! You may own an island, airports, jets, boats, multiple cars, several houses, vacation homes, employ thousands, be a marvelous snake charmer, tamer of lions, tigers, and bears but if you live outside of the Word of God, you’d better rethink yourself. If you don’t believe me ask – Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, even king Herod (who ordered the death of all Jewish male children up to the age of three or five). Better yet, ask king Ahab (of Israel) and Queen Jezebel!
(b) Again, I don’t care who or what you are – the Word of God is right yesterday, today, and forever. I am sure there is a reason (right or wrong) why you’re in such a terrible condition but there is hope for you on this side of life. Unlike the rich man with 200 billion dollars, you may be living in the ghetto and receiving food stamps; but the same God rules over the rich as the poor.
Although there is much injustice in your city and state, you should not be packing a gun or weapons without a license. You should not be firing at police officers (even if they are liars, dishonest, and killers – BECAUSE not all policemen are liars, dishonest, or killers). There are excellent policemen serving their cities and they follow the laws of the land.
Furthermore, you should not be killing innocent people or other criminals. You should not be taking the law into your own hands! You should not be a member of a gang and raging warfare against other street gangs. You should not pimping and selling women/men or young girls/boys into prostitution. You should not be selling drugs on the streets causing serious injuries and death to others. Like the evil rulers of the past and present, you too are subject to the Word of God!
Allow me to tell it in the Black vernacular, “Honey, you’d better check yo-self!” Why? Because, Jesus is gonna get you, baby! Regardless to your station in life, if you have no godly conscience, you’d better check yo-self and you’d better be afraid of God’s wrath! Which category do you fit in? Again, “ALL PEOPLE ARE SUBJECT TO DO RIGHT – ESPECIALLY RULERS!”
Have a Blessed Day!